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Mixed News on WI Jobs: Growth in March Barely Offsets Prior Losses in 2014

Wisconsin Unemployment Rate Drops to 5.9%   
New employment data for Wisconsin was released today by state and federal officials, and the news is pretty positive, at least at first blush, but a closer examination of the new and updated figures reveals some bad news as well.

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Food stamps backlog cost $21 million, state asking for more federal help

N.C. Department of Health and Human Services staff confirmed Thursday that dealing with the massive backlog of food stamps cases cost  $21 million in unanticipated costs, in overtime and other costs at both the state and county level.
Now, state … Read More...

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The coal ash mess: Here to stay for the foreseeable future?

Wasn’t it just several weeks ago that Gov. Pat McCrory was stating plainly that North Carolina needed to move its coal ash waste sites away from water as is being done in South Carolina? Now after much hemming and hawing … Read More...

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Tax cuts still aren’t telling the story supporters want

At his Tax Day press conference, Governor McCrory repeated the often-heard claim that the effect of cutting taxes on the state’s economy speaks for itself. Last year’s tax cuts may be speaking, but they’re not telling the story its proponents … Read More...

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Living Under Surveillance at the Border – for What?

As a fourth-generation Arizona rancher I have a strong attachment to the land my great grandfather homesteaded back in 1896. But ever since the US government built the border fence and sent thousands of Border Patrol agents to the Southwest, my property rights are violated every day.

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Guantánamo Dispatch: A Hard-Earned Trust in Peril

GUANTÁNAMO BAY, Cuba — What would it take for you to trust a stranger with your life?

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NSA Surveillance Unravels International Law

It wasn't long ago that President Obama announced on Reddit, "We will fight hard to make sure that the internet remains the open forum for everybody - from those who are expressing an idea to those who want to start a business."
The NSA's surveillance programs fly in the face of that commitment. And, more critically, they violate international law.

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The Long and Short of Voting Lines in North Carolina

We know that cuts to early voting are bad for voters. But just how bad are they?

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Enroll America: Michigan Organizing Director

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The Organizing Director will be responsible for the state field, data, and digital programs. Working with national staff as well as the State Director, the Organizing Director will write and implement the field plan, including hiring state organizing staff. The Organizing Director will oversee day-to-day management of the organizing staff, as well as long term strategic execution of the field program. In addition, the Organizing Director will be responsible for ensuring that the field operation fully integrates the data and digital programs.

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Montana Loses Millions Each Day By Not Expanding Medicaid

Montana is missing out on millions of dollars every day, in addition to thousands of jobs, by not expanding the state’s Medicaid program so more Montanans can gain health coverage.
On January 1, 2014, the federal government made funds available to states that choose to expand their Medicaid programs. Because Montana’s legislature has so far refused to accept the federal funds and extend Medicaid coverage to as many as 70,000 low-income individuals, Montana has been losing as much as $1.84 million of federal funds every day.

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